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President Trump and first lady Melania Trump raced from the Daytona 500 to his namesake DC hotel Sunday night for the wedding of senior adviser Stephen Miller and Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Waldman.
The affair took place at the Trump International Hotel and included a ceremony officiated by Rabbi Aryeh Lightstone, senior adviser to US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, according to the couple’s New York Times wedding announcement.
Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and wife Sally were also in attendance. The former Republican National Committee chairman posted a photo of him and his wife with the happy couple on Twitter along with a congratulatory message.
“Spectacular and very special wedding tonight with new bride and groom Stephen and Katie Miller! So much fun and still going with @realDonaldTrump having fun and the band is going strong!” Priebus tweeted.
Spectacular and very special wedding tonight with new bride and groom Stephen and Katie Miller! So much fun and still going with @realDonaldTrump having fun and the band is going strong! pic.twitter.com/1LreZhe2pd
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) February 17, 2020
During the festivities, the commander-in-chief made a speech ribbing his senior adviser for choosing a holiday weekend to wed his bride, according to a Real Clear Politics reporter.
“[Miller] is the only one who could have a damn wedding in the middle of Presidents’ Day weekend. I’m sure it didn’t affect anybody here,” Trump said during his speech.
The president, who spent the morning in Florida serving as grand marshal at the Daytona 500, then joked that he didn’t think he could miss the wedding without upsetting the bride.
“I think Steve would understand. I don’t think Katie would. But that’s okay,” he quipped.
The Trumps stayed at the wedding for about two hours, while reporters were kept out of the event and waited outside the hotel.
Waldman, 28, was previously a spokeswoman for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
Miller, 34, has worked under Trump since joining his campaign in January 2016. He has served as the White House’s chief architect of immigration policy.
The two were introduced by mutual friends in the spring of 2018, according to the Times, and were engaged in November 2019.